GRAEME GALLAGHER | SPORTS EDITOR
Both Men’s and Women’s Basketball finished the weekend homestand with wins against conference opponents Knox and Illinois College. The men improved their record to 5-1 and the women to 4-3.
The St. Norbert women’s basketball team came into the game on Friday against Knox College looking for a resounding win after a frustrating defeat against UW-Oshkosh earlier that week. The game got off to a slow start as both only managed to shoot around 30% from the field in the first quarter. However, Sophomore Carley Frauenhoff hit 3 three-pointers and led the Knights to a 15-7 run in the start of the second quarter, and a 28-22 halftime lead.
Knox managed to fight back in the 3rd quarter and trimmed the lead down to one. But, a 6-0 run by St. Norbert with four points coming from Freshman Liz Edinger, to put St. Norbert ahead 39-32. The Prairie Fire caught up once again with a run of their own, but Sophomore Carley Frauenhoff hit another three and capped off an 11-2 run for the Knights, giving them a lead of 52-41 at the end of the third.
With 2:34 left of the game, Knox pulled the score back to 62-58 and threatened to take the lead. However, the St. Norbert defense forced multiple turnovers and Sophomore Sarah Wiseman secured the win with free throws towards the end. St. Norbert went on to win the game 65-61 to give them their first conference win of the season.
Sophomore Carley Frauenhoff and Freshman Liz Edinger lead the team with career-highs of 14 points and St. Norbert forced Knox to commit 19 turnovers.
On Saturday, the women’s team faced the Illinois College Lady Blues, who came in with a 2-5 record. Right away from the tipoff, St. Norbert grabbed the lead and never looked back. The Knights pulled away with an early 8-0 run, capped off by Sophomore Sarah Neumann’s impressive post play. St. Norbert shot over 50% in the first quarter and had a 19-13 lead after one quarter.
St. Norbert built on their lead in the second quarter with Sophomore Sarah Wiseman’s three-pointer and Freshman Liz Edinger’s buzzer beating jumper to put them ahead 35-24 at the half.
Illinois brought the score back to within 12 in the third, but was quickly erased by a 7-1 run by St. Norbert. The Knights held Illinois to just 6 points in the fourth and won the game by the score of 66-44.
Freshman Liz Edinger lead the charge once again with a new career-high of 20 points, while also dishing 8 assists. Sophomore Sara Winkel snatched 11 rebounds and the SNC defense held Illinois to shooting under 30% from the floor.
The St. Norbert men’s team also opened Midwest Conference play against Knox College on Friday. The team was fresh off a close win against UW-Stevens Point and continued their momentum against Knox as they never trailed throughout the game.
In the first half, Junior Taylor Penn nailed a three-pointer to give the Knights a 9-point lead early on. St. Norbert continued to outshoot Knox and held a 24-11 lead with about 10:00 left in the first half.
Knox rallied back with a 15-7 run of their own to pull the game within 5 points, but St. Norbert used the three-pointer to get back ahead. St. Norbert entered the half with 47-38 and shooting over 75% from the field.
St. Norbert entered the second half by scoring the first 9 points and never had their lead cut down to below 12 for the rest of the game. The Knights coasted to a 81-69 win behind Junior Brian Luteyn career-high 18 points and Junior Taylor Penn’s 17 points. St. Norbert also dominated the boards by outbounding Knox 36-19.
The Knights squared off against Illinois College the next day and jumped out to an early 10-0 lead. However, a 12-2 run by Illinois tied the score at 11:13 left to play in the first. Freshman Wade Geenen and Sophomore Joe Ciriacks each smacked a three-pointer and started an 18-4 run that gave the Green Knights a 30-20 lead at halftime.
The Illinois Blueboys started the 2nd half with a 9-2 run and trimmed the St. Norbert lead to just 3, but the Green Knights countered with a 9-0 run of their own to take back the momentum. With 14:58 left to go, St. Norbert stretched the lead to 41-29 behind three-pointers from Sophomore Joe Ciriacks and Junior Taylor Penn.
St. Norbert kept up the pressure with 6 consecutive points by Senior D.J. DeValk and cruised to an eventual 75-56 win. The Knights splashed 10 three-pointers in the game and Senior D.J. Devalk had a team-high 15 points.
Both the men’s and women’s team travels to Appleton to face off against conference-rival Lawrence next Wednesday and comes back home next Saturday to face Cornell College.